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Doublelift apologizes to Team Liquid fans after being benched in LCS

Published: 4/Mar/2020 3:29

by Isaac McIntyre

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Yiliang ‘Doublelift’ Peng has been formally benched by Team Liquid for Week 7 of the LCS, after his temporary replacement Edward ‘Tactical’ Ra guided the four-time LCS champions to their first 2–0 round of the 2020 Spring Split.

Despite being one of the most decorated LCS players of all time, Doublelift admitted at the start of the season he is no longer focused on winning the domestic competition. Instead, he revealed, he wants to fully focus on international glory.

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After these comments ahead of the Spring Split season opener, however, Team Liquid has struggled to make an impact in the Championship Series. Now, the defending champions boast a paltry 6–6 split record.

There have been a few external issues for Liquid. Key pickup Mads ‘Broxah’ Brock-Pedersen missed the first few rounds of the season due to a long-winded visa saga, and Peng himself was ruled out of Week 6’s matches with laryngitis.

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Despite Broxah’s long-awaited arrival against Immortals and Counter Logic Gaming, the org continued to struggle, posting back-to-back 1–1 rounds to remain stuck in the LCS doldrums developing at the bottom of the standings.

Tactical interviewed on the LCS stage after replacing Doublelift
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19-year-old bot laner Tactical will again replace Doublelift for both LCS matches this weekend.

According to some, including former Liquid jungler Christian ‘IWillDominate’ Rivera, the team issues had all come from one source ⁠— Doublelift. The bot laner wasn’t trying in the regular season, Rivera said, and it was showing.

Now, it appears Liquid has come to the same conclusion, with Liquid owner Steve Arhancet confirming the signing of former 100 Thieves bot laner Rikara for their Academy team, to give Tactical the chance at the LCS spot.

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“Rikara is being brought in to play Academy so both DL and Tactical can both focus on LCS. Tactical will start this weekend, but we’ll continue to evaluate week to week,” the org owner confirmed on Twitter on March 3.

This official benching led Doublelift to take to social media as well, releasing a statement about Liquid’s intentions on March 3 as well.

In the words of the four-time back-to-back North American champion, the 26-year-old had lost all motivation to push for more. While Peng had yet to achieve anything of significance internationally, he felt “satisfied” in the LCS.

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Doublelift admitted as such in his statement, updating fans that he had been “benched because [he] had no motivation until very recently.”

“Being sick and unable to compete gave me my passion back, but too late,” Liquid’s star AD carry continued. “I’m sorry towards every one of my teammates, and I’ll be working from now on to regain their trust.”

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He also explained these moments, personally, were a big “wakeup call” for him. In particular, he added in the team’s weekly BTS series, he was “definitely too relaxed,” and admitted he “wasn’t taking scrims too seriously” in Spring.

“When we lost, I didn’t feel upset, and when we played well, it didn’t feel really rewarding,” he continued, and said he wanted to fix these issues. “How relaxed I was for the last month was just a direct result of [a lack of] passion.”

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Doublelift admitted he didn’t care about Liquid’s early LCS losses.

For Team Liquid fans, this may be a blessing in disguise. Tactical has already proven he can cut it on the LCS stage ⁠— the 19-year-old finished deathless against both Team SoloMid and 100 Thieves ⁠— and Doublelift may regain motivation.

As of now, Liquid may not have much hope of catching breakaway leaders Cloud9, who have already branded TSM and surprise package Dignitas as their main competitors, but they can aim to break into Spring playoffs.

Liquid and their new-look roster, complete with Academy star Tactical and a finally-settled Broxah ⁠— who picked up Player of the Week last round ⁠— will take on Immortals (6–6) and last-placed CLG (2–10) this weekend.

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League cosplayer descends from the heavens as amazing Dragonslayer Diana

Published: 7/Oct/2020 8:02

by Andrew Amos

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Diana has descended from the heavens of Mount Targon here on Earth ⁠— or so you could be mistaken into thinking. Scottish cosplayer ‘anaelic’ has once again delivered the goods for League of Legends fan, putting on an epic display with her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay.

Seeing a Diana cosplay for League of Legends is rare. However, finding an exquisite one is almost impossible. The Scorn of the Moon, with her heavy armor and massive Moonsilver blade, isn’t up there with one of the popular champions to cosplay.

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However, that hasn’t stopped anaelic from creating one of the best ⁠— if not the best ⁠— Diana cosplay with her incredible rendition of the Lunari’s Dragonslayer skin.

Dragonslayer Olaf and Diana in League of Legends
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The Dragonslayer skin for Diana is one of her most intricate, but that didn’t stop anaelic.

Anaelic has been working on her Dragonslayer Diana cosplay since lockdown began. She was originally going to take it to conventions, but with 2020 stopping all of those, she instead used the project as motivation.

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“This project has instead been my distraction, the thing that’s kept me motivated to stay productive, and I’m so proud that I at least have this to show for all the extra time I’ve had,” she said on Instagram after completing her cosplay.

You can tell just how much effort she put into it right from the first glance. Anaelic has managed to recreate the Aspect’s sunset-colored armor perfectly, not forgetting a single panel on Diana’s intricate outfit.

She managed to keep all the pieces together with velcro, although the cosplay is ⁠— understandably ⁠— very hard to get around it.

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“I honestly don’t know how I’m going to survive a full day at a con in this cosplay because it is so hard to move about it! It was well worth it though because we got some amazing photos,” she added.

 

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Anaelic also considered all the small details ⁠— she recreated the smoky effect on her blade with a smoke machine and LED lights built into the crescent. The cosplay is not only one of the best Diana ones we’ve seen, but one of the best cosplays of the year. Period.

The Scottish cosplayer isn’t stopping here though. If you’re wondering what anaelic’s next project is, wonder no more. She is currently working on a Spirit Blossom Lillia cosplay, and she’s trying to make it perfect from head-to-hoof. We’ve even covered her progress on it so far!

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